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Throwback Thursday: September 8

Looking back at memorable racing moments on this date in history.


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- Way back in 1962, Elmo Langley took his Ford to victory lane at Lincoln Speedway (PA). Langley beat out Bob Devine for the win in the NASCAR Eastern Late Model Division. Langley would move to the NASCAR Cup series where he won two races in 1966 and finished in the top 10 in points in seven-straight seasons. Langley would continue to lead the field as the NASCAR Cup Series Pace Car driver from 1989 to 1996.

THE THIRD TURN: 1962 NASCAR Eastern Late Model Division at Lincoln Speedway

- One week after winning the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (SC), Richard Petty dominated a 250-lap contest at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Perry came from the outside of the front row to lead 70 of the 250 laps. Jim Paschal led 89 laps and finished third in another '67 Plymouth. This was during the 10-race Petty win streak, during which Petty started on the front row eight times.

THE THIRD TURN: 1967 Buddy Shuman 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway

- Everyone remembers Bill Elliott winning the Winston Million in 1985 at Darlington Raceway (SC). Just one week later, the tides turned for the championship as Darrell Waltrip came from 22nd to win the Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400 at Richmond Raceway (VA). Waltrip left Darlington down 206 points to Elliott and he took a big chunk out at Richmond as Elliott finished 12th. Waltrip left 153 points back and continued to pick up points each week.

THE THIRD TURN: 1985 Wrangler Sanfor-Set 400 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway

- Steve Park won the Winston 300 at Thompson International Speedway (CT) on this date in 1991. Park came from 11th to win the 300-lap contest over Reggie Ruggiero and Mike Stefanik. Jeff Fuller led 104 laps from the outside of the front row, but he was involved in a wreck before halfway. Park had six Tour wins at Thompson and would win the 300 again in 1995.

THE THIRD TURN: 1991 Winston 300 at Thompson International Speedway

- In the first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NH), Ron Hornaday, Jr. was in the right place at the right time. After working his way forward late in the race he took the lead off turn four when Jack Sprague spun Joe Ruttman giving a lane to Hornaday for the win despite only leading one lap. Hornaday would go on to win the championship later that season.

THE THIRD TURN: 1996 Pennzoil/VIP Tripleheader at New Hampshire International Speedway